The conference brought together numerous officials representing the
Corps' framework nations, NATO headquarters, multinational forces, and
the MNCNE subordinate units stationed in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and
Poland, including the Commanders of Multinational Divisions North East
The fact that we meet despite the adverse COVID-19 conditions shows both
the strength of the Alliance and the importance of tasks entrusted to
us. This conference is a forum for dynamic debate at all levels. Every
voice and every idea are welcomed, and they can have a major impact on
Lieutenant General Sławomir Wojciechowski, Commander Multinational Corps
Northeast, emphasized the vital role of an aligned approach to regional
security in his opening remarks.
He also noted that challenges triggered by the global pandemic should
assist in the development of our potentials. As indicated by the
General, the demands of today's operational environment have already
revealed an underlying truth that the Allied forces should always remain
flexible and ready to try new approaches.
"Robust yet adaptive planning, which takes into account the unknown and
the unpredictable, is what 2020 taught us." – General Wojciechowski
While NATO's core function remains unchanged, we have to be prepared to tackle threats that know no boundaries – the spread of infectious diseases, cyberterrorism, cyberespionage and inter-regional conflicts.
In order to do it effectively and efficiently, Multinational Corps Northeast, its regional partners and subordinate units shall further consolidate their common approach, especially with regard to trainings and exercises. A coordinated and synchronized Trg&Ex effort is necessary given the wide range of forces in the Corps' Area of Operations. Only through cooperative work will all subordinate and affiliated formations be able to build their training cycles and fit into overarching training activities in order to maintain high readiness, responsiveness and persuasive military capabilities.
When discussing the expected development path, the stakeholders emphasized how important it was to translate operational concepts into tactical-level requirements and make them comprehensible to everyone in the chain of command. This, in turn, should result in optimizing the capabilities of the NATO forces to provide credible deterrence across the Baltic region.